PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. — If widespread unrest or a major emergency befell Pinal County, Sheriff Mark Lamb wants to be prepared.
So, he created a "Citizens Posse" program to deputize residents.
Applicants will be required to pass a minimal background check and sign a waiver. They then take a four hour training course covering basic constitutional law, search and seizure, firearm safety, home safety and the use of force.
“It’s just an opportunity to get them to more education,” Lamb told The Arizona Republic. “They can hopefully squelch some of the frustration that they’re feeling right now in these uncertain times and at the same time get some training.”
The department has already received 400 applications, The Arizona Republic reported.
Although there have been no reports of unpeaceful protests in Pinal County, Lamb decided on the move as a way to engage the community.
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